What kind of Tinder user are you? The kind that contemplates their every match or do you perform a rapid-fire swiping, left and right? Either kind of user is going to ask the question at some point, does Tinder show you someone who you already swiped left on? And the answer is: yes, absolutely. But why?
Not only will you learn the ‘why,’ you’ll also learn how to look back on someone you’ve swiped left on, perhaps accidentally. Let’s dive right into the meat of it.
Tinder Has Limited Resources
Look, Tinder isn’t a miracle worker, but it is good at what it does. However, when it has limited resources, it’s influence can only go so far. If you keep seeing people you’ve swiped left on, then it’s likely they swiped left on you as well.
You Started Over With a New Account
First, you need to ask yourself: did you recreate your Tinder profile recently? If you did, then it’s a no-brainer. When you made the move to completely delete your account, you erased Tinder’s profile on you. Everyone you swiped right on, your likes and dislikes—all gone when you deleted it. As far as Tinder is concerned, your new account is basically a new person.
However, what you want out of a person may be influencing the matches Tinder throws at you. The person you swiped left on might be someone Tinder feels you have similar interests with. Perhaps reconsider? If you match with them, and it goes south, then Tinder will flag their account and you two will never see each other again—unless you delete your Tinder account and create another one. And hey, it could be a blessing in disguise. Maybe you didn’t mean to swipe left the first time.
But believe it or not, the other person may have done the same. If they deleted their account, and recreated it, they are, according to Tinder, a whole new person. And since they are within your radius, Tinder will show their profile again, even though technically speaking it’s the same person. Tinder doesn’t see it that way.
Make Changes to Your Preferences
One of the most likely reasons that a person you swiped left on reappears is due to your preferences. Details such as your radius and usage can determine the people that appear in your queue. By changing your preferences, and perhaps your habits, you might never see that person again.
Take the radius, for example. To provide possible matches, Tinder searches for a specific zone. That zone is based on the radius you’ve set—which can be altered at any time. Now imagine yourself on a map. By drawing a, say, 30km radius around your location, that is essentially the area in which Tinder searches in all directions. If Tinders finds other users within that radius, they will appear in your stack of cards.
But how does that affect you? Well, let’s say a user is 10km away from you. Your radius is set to 20km. You then swipe left on that person. Due to how close they are in proximity, Tinder can and has thrown that same person into your possible matches.
Use Tinder’s Rewind Feature
So, you have questions because you accidentally swiped left on someone. It has to feel like the end of the world, right? It doesn’t have to be. Use Tinder’s Rewind feature to get them back. Grant it, they can reappear in your stack again, but that’s too risky. Love won’t wait for you.
If you want access to Tinder Rewind, you will need Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold. And the limitation is pretty harsh—only allowing for a Rewind of one accidental left swipe. In other words, if they were the last person you swiped left on, subscribe to Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold quick, and get them back.
In conclusion, Tinder only has so much to work with. With how matches are conducted, there’s only a limited number of users that Tinder can match with you—and a large part of that is due to location and distance. In other words, increase (or decrease) your radius and change your location, and you’ll end up with more results. Those few profiles you swiped left on may even disappear entirely.
With that being said, your best chances of seeing new people is to simply change your preferences. It may even be time for a new Tinder profile.